Wallabies veteran Tatafu Polota-Nau has announced he will retire from Tests at the end of the year.
Polota-Nau, 34, is set to make his 90th appearance for Australia against Samoa in Parramatta on Saturday.
It could be his last game for the Wallabies, the Leicester Tigers hooker having only been named on standby for the upcoming Rugby World Cup.
“It is [special] because the west has given me the opportunity to take rugby with both hands and go for it,” Polota-Nau said on Wednesday.
“If it wasn’t for Parramatta Two Blues picking up the skill set I possessed back in schoolboys days, I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to don the green and gold.
“It’s a privilege really to wear the Wallabies jersey.
“It’s another opportunity to wear the gold jersey, most likely for the last time, and it’s been a hell of a journey and I have been incredibly fortunate to wear the jersey every time.”
Polota-Nau joins fellow Wallaby Sekope Kepu in announcing his retirement from Tests this week.